Perhaps you’ve been at a Varsity Volleyball game and seen the starting six players gather together on the court before the match begins. Maybe you’ve seen the spray paint that adorns the Upper School Field before the Homecoming Varsity Soccer game. These and more are part of the special team traditions that bond the players each athletics season. We caught up with the fall team captains and asked them to share the special traditions that make their team feel more like family.
VARSITY CROSS COUNTRY
A. Sibold ’20: “Whenever we have a meet, we ‘circle up’ and we all go around the circle saying one thing that we are excited for. It can be about the race or about something completely different. It is always nice to take a deep breath before a race and pull a positive thought out of your head!”
S. Gilfeather ’20: “For seniors, we have a special tradition after our Homecoming race where the team stands in a circle, and a few underclassmen step forward and talk about how each senior has positively influenced and cared for the team (without names), then gives a red rose to their teammate. They’re both really sweet traditions and I like how they bring different grade levels together on the team.”
G. Thames ’20: “We have the golden horseshoe, a horseshoe that we hand out at the end of each show to the team member we believed showed the most team spirit. The golden horseshoe recipient is someone who helped other team members and was supportive throughout the day.”
VARSITY FIELD HOCKEY
L. Gilfeather ’20: “We decorate lockers in the locker room, decorate pumpkins near Homecoming, have a team breakfast, a team dress up day, and a team sleepover.”
A. Seidner ’20: “We spray paint the field before Homecoming.”
A. Orent ’20: “We do prayer hands: The starting six join hands on the court and do last motivating words before game and a secret cheer. We have heck in: Everyone stands on the end line and captains call check in; it allows players to enter playing mindset. Every year we choose a Swahili word with meaning as our team name. We all make inspirational posters for each other, but don’t know who made ours until it’s revealed. Before each game, we eat breakfast together and cheer. Once in the fall, we all have a sleepover and team dinner.”
"My favorite Dana Hall memory would be the first time I ever sang the Alma Mater with my fellow classmates. That was most definitely the first time I felt like I was truly a part of something. Joining hands with my future Silver Sisters made me truly feel like I was a Dana girl."